The ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten, known as Big Little Lions, will be releasing their debut EP, Paper Cage, on May 6th, 2014. Their sound is a dynamic fusion of feel-good and deep emotion that leaves the listener with a strong emotional reaction - the result is sweet and soothing folk that has been described as "Pomplamoose meets Mumford & Sons."
Born of reflection, frustration, explosive catharsis and the common need to sling guitars on synthesizer weary bodies, The Cruelty Party came into being in the bowels of Parkdale in Toronto's slap-dash west side. TCP is the bastard love child of Alphonse Alixander Lanza III, who launched international electronic powerhouse Azari & III in 2009, signing to Island records UK, Modular Australia and Dim Mak amongst others.
Escort, "Brooklyn's finest disco orchestra," was founded by producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and is fronted by lead singer Adeline Michèle. Initially known for a series of critically-acclaimed 12" singles, Escort is now just as well known for their uncompromising live performances.
Levi Weaver is not the kind of artist who likes to sit still for very long. To borrow a line from Willie Nelson, one of his favorite songwriters, he just can’t wait to get on the road again. The multi-instrumental singer/songwriter, who recently packed up his house and bought an RV for his family to travel the country with him in, readily admits to his inherent wanderlust, having grown up going from town to town to follow wherever the rodeo his father worked for went.
Having made a name for himself across the local scene for his impressive live show that encompasses a mix of blues, rock and folk with moments of loud, electric blues-soaked songs as well as delicate acoustic balladry, Hamish Anderson’s debut EP comes armed with a host of noteworthy tunes and a songwriting and vocal maturity well beyond his twenty-one years.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Riley Etheridge Jr. has reached many people with his poetic and vulnerable songwriting. His carefully crafted four-album catalog is rife with haunting and healing stories of the human condition, each emotionally resonate and each thoughtfully placed within well-developed thematic albums. But after an artistic epiphany, and a spontaneous jolt of creativity, he made the brave decision to break the mold and write the invigorating party record, The Straight and Narrow Way.
Callow, consists of Red Moses (lead vocals, guitar), and Sami Knowles (keys, percussion, vocals).
FinleyKnight is the music project of brothers John Finley and Connor Knight. The multi-instramentalists, Chicago natives, have a shifting set of musical sensibilities, variously morphing from art rock to radio-ready indie pop to emotive electro facades.
A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It's one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It's another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive—something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.
The Luck of Eden Hall got their start with a 7” on Limited Potential Records (USA) and releasing the “Belladonna Marmalade” CD and several EP’s on Walrus Records (USA). These efforts received positive reviews and the band appeared in the New Line Cinema film “The Day My Parents Ran Away”, toured the mid-west and gigged regularly on the Chicago scene.